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RUMOR ALERT: Lakers still considering De’Aaron Fox at #2??

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According to Basketball Insider’s Steve Kyler, the Los Angeles Lakers are still considering taking De’Aaron Fox with the second pick instead of Lonzo Ball:

Fox to the Lakers??

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11 Comments for RUMOR ALERT: Lakers still considering De’Aaron Fox at #2??

  1. CatstopWontstop
    5:19 pm June 22, 2017 Permalink

    As someone who does not particularly like the Lakers, I hope they take Ball and trade Randal to another team. Fox is better than Ball…anyone who watched them play head to head can tell you that, and with LaVar in the mix, it would be nice to see that distraction hurt LA for years to come.

  2. BBNDan7
    5:21 pm June 22, 2017 Permalink

    I hate the lakers but would literally cry tears of joy just to see Lavars reaction

  3. callitlikeiseeit
    5:24 pm June 22, 2017 Permalink

    They will take Ball, not because he is better on the court but in LA he will sell more tickets. Face it, the Lakers have no appeal to fans right now so they need something to bring people in.

  4. GroundControlToNumber9
    5:26 pm June 22, 2017 Permalink

    After High School & 1 Year of College:

    Ball Pluses —–
    – Better at making the players around him better
    – Proven shooter from anywhere on the court
    – Sees passes other PG’s don’t see
    – Creates plays other PG’s don’t create
    – Gets into the paint

    Fox Pluses —–
    – One of the top 3 fastest players in the NBA (Wall, Westbrook)
    – Does not show signs that his *jumper is doomed (shot 43% from 3 during final 10 games at UK)
    * His jumper suffered early in the season because he had to get in college shape (longer court to be sprinting up). With his speed & willingness to use it he was gassing himself to the point where his jumper paid the consequences. Since that’s his ‘biggest strength’ he wasn’t willing to slow down… so he matched his desire with extensive cardio work and was able to turn what could be called immaturity (going past red line and continuing to shoot the ball) into a strength by overcoming the conditioning requirements.
    – Gets into the paint

    Silly Comparisions:
    Comparing these 2 players one on one is not how you select a franchise PG. As if they ever face off the guy who has the best team around him (and can utilize them) will win.

    What matters:
    – How would UK have done with Ball at PG last year? I think we’d have gone farther.
    Why: Lonzo makes players better around him. He had less to work with at UCLA.
    – How would UCLA have done with Fox at PG last year? I don’t think they would have done as well as they did. No one would even know who Freshman TJ Leaf is at this point.
    Why: Consider Bam Adabayo. Every UK fan knows he should be going in the top 10 (easily). The reason he isn’t rests solely on the shoulders of Fox & Monk. I love them but they were too immature in their decision making from November to February & lost forever the opportunity to develop the inside outside/machine that would have been unstoppable in March.

    I can point to a player (Bam) that Fox should have leveraged as supporting evidence in my critique.
    On the flip side I can point to a player (Leaf) that Lonzo did leverage as supporting evidence. This is why Leaf will likely be picked higher than Adabayo (as Lonzo showcased his game).

    • runningunnin.454
      6:30 pm June 22, 2017 Permalink

      Disagree with a couple of points. Ball is not a proven shooter; he was 9-22 against UK when there was a hand in his face, and he has the ugliest jump shot I’ve ever seen.
      Ball did not make Leaf better; Leaf was a talent in his own right from day one; he, not Ball, was the best player UCLA had.
      We would not have gone further if we had Ball instead of Fox; that’s preposterous. Fox outplayed Ball twice, head to head, and totally dominated the tournament game.
      Ball would not have made Bam better; every time we tried to get the ball to Bam he was triple teamed…there was a wall around him; most times there was nothing there.

    • Luether
      6:59 pm June 22, 2017 Permalink

      You make some good points…

    • runningunnin.454
      7:32 pm June 22, 2017 Permalink

      A better point is that in the most important games of Ball’s collegiate career, both against UK, Ball shot 3-14 from the 3-pt line.
      Fox was 13-20 in the tournament game when it was all on the line.
      The Lakers may very well take Ball; but they would be getting a quitter.

  5. GroundControlToNumber9
    5:37 pm June 22, 2017 Permalink

    Pick Deciding Issues:
    – LaVar Ball is an issue that can be dealt with (Magic Johnson can handle that). Get creative…

    – I am more concerned about Lonzo falling into the party scene and becoming the next D’Angelo Russell. The Lakers have already suffered from this (their biggest problem).

    It looks like the Lakers have just ditched D’Angelo in hopes of getting rid of the poison pill however you still have Swaggy P on the bench.

    Young immature players with lots of money in LA is a real issue that has to be taken into consideration.

    – Fox would restore professionalism to the Lakers ranks as he’s a business man through and through. Magic knows the importance of this.

    – Fox is a smart kid and I feel he’d let Magic teach him the joystick controller cheat codes. Seriously… hand the controller over to Magic. Within half a season Fox could be everything they want (or that Lonzo could have offered).

    – Upside is greater with Fox (speed, potential to be Magic’s man).

    It’s a tough pick and all variables have to be taken into consideration.

  6. Eazy
    5:44 pm June 22, 2017 Permalink

    I would love to see Fox turn Sacramento around. He’d have the added advantage of being in the same division as LA.

    • BigBlueMeade
      6:22 pm June 22, 2017 Permalink

      I would love for Fox and Monk to go to Kings. The Kings could make a power move by trading Hield or Monk (Monk has more upside) and get rid of ome elite shooter to gain a SF or some othet piece/pick.

  7. runningunnin.454
    6:32 pm June 22, 2017 Permalink

    The headline should be “If the Lakers take Ball over Fox, they’re crazy, and should hire a team psychiatrist pronto”.